This upcoming swimming season will be one for the books with all five state-qualifying swimmers returning and even more new swimmers added to the team.
“Our senior standouts include Grace Nuhfer and Alayna Kenworthy- both returning state swimmers looking to continue their careers in college next year. On the boys side, we are excited to have our senior standouts Jaden Duong, Isaiah Ray, and Luke Ellington lead their growing team to some major wins this year,” Assistant Coach Annie Peters said.
The swim team is one of the few co-ed sports teams at GHS that consistently practice together.
“My proudest accomplishment during my swimming career has definitely been the community and family that I was able to make with my teammates,” senior Jaden Duong said.
With COVID still a concern in schools, the season will look a little different at practice and at meets.
“We will experience some differences in the number of spectators allowed at meets, will require masks when athletes are not actively swimming, and ensure we are spacing the team out and utilizing our whole pool area,” Coach Peters said.
This season is full of freshmen with more than over half the girl’s team being comprised of 9th graders.
“I’m happy that I have the opportunity to become friends with this year’s swim team. This year I feel like it will be a lot more difficult and competitive than it had been swimming in my middle school years,” freshman Kelsey Smith said.
There is one incoming sophomore who is a recent transfer from a nearby school.
“I feel like this season will be much different than last with a new team. I definitely feel like this will be a better year with better, more positive people around me that work hard,” sophomore Ethen Barton said.